It’s not unusual for Facebook to experience brief global outages. However, a strange bug exploded on the platform this week that caused posts from celebrity accounts to fill users’ news feeds, causing many to express concern that they had been hacked.
According to multiple reports, an untold number of users began to see these minor posts pop up in their feeds from artist pages including Lady Gaga, The Beatles, and Nirvana. To cash in on this random bug, some users began posting memes on celebrity pages, links to PayPal or Venmo to solicit donations, or content promoting their own businesses. Thankfully, within three hours the chaos had ended, and Facebook had solved the issue. However, the company’s explanation for what happened was less than satisfactory.
“Earlier today, a configuration change caused some people to have trouble with their Facebook Feed,” a spokesperson from Facebook’s parent company Meta told CNET. “We resolved the issue as quickly as possible for everyone who was impacted, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”
Of course, it’s highly unlikely that bad actors were responsible for such a bizarre bug. However, the fact that so many users immediately assumed the worst speaks volumes about peoples’ trust in the social media giant.
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